Eight Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian attack

Eight Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian attack

A gunman opened fire in a bus near Jerusalem, wounding eight Israelis in a suspected Palestinian attack that came a week after violence flared between Israel and militants in Gaza, according to police and medics.

Two of the victims were in serious serious serious condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to Israeli hospitals treating them.

The shooting occurred as a bus waited in a parking lot near the Western Wall, which is considered the holiest site where Jews go to pray.

Israeli police said that forces were dispatched to the scene to investigate and security forces pushed into the nearby Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan while pursuing the suspected attacker.

A tense week between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank followed the attack in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a capital and a tourist centre for all religious people, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that Israeli security forces would restore calm last weekend, Israeli aircraft launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting the militant group Islamic Jihad and setting off three days of fierce cross-border fighting.

After the air strikes, Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets, killing two of its commanders and other militants.

Israel said that the attack was meant to thwart threats from the group to respond to the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.

In the fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, were killed and several hundred more were wounded.

No Israelis were seriously injured or killed.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, stayed on the sidelines.

Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shoot-off that occurred a day after the ceasefire ended the worst round of Gaza fighting in more than a year.